Fourth Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, we are hosting our fourth annual MLK, Jr. Essay Contest. Students can enter by writing an essay about what service means to them or why people should volunteer on Martin Luther King Day, and submit it online by January 31. Three $100 prizes will be awarded to the best essay in the elementary, middle and high school level.

All participants must be students here in Bucks County. No paper submissions will be accepted this year. Essays must be submitted electronically as a word document or as a scan of a handwritten essay. All submissions must be sent to, with the student’s name, grade, teacher’s name, school name and school district in the upper right hand corner of the essay.

The essays will be read by a panel of volunteers, and the best will be passed on to a team of professional writers. The readers are looking for well-organized essays that show clear comprehension of volunteerism and service and also reflect creativity and heart. Winners will be recognized in Bucks United, our annual magazine, and at our Pep Rally Breakfast in the Spring.

We depend on those who give back to the community and this contest is designed to foster that spirit in Bucks County children. If you are interested in sharing this with any Bucks County students you know.

Last year, over 650 students submitted essays that reflected the importance of volunteerism. We are excited to see what the students have in store for us this year!

About the contributor: Katie Pilot is the Marketing Assistant at UW Bucks. She is a senior at Villanova University with a major in Communication. Due to her passion for social justice, particularly the importance of education, she is excited to help get the word out about UWBucks’ great contributions to the county in hopes to get more people involved.



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